The Resthaven Difference
Since 1961, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Frederick community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.
We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.
We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family. People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.
Resthaven was established in 1961 as the first multi-faith, non-sectarian cemetery serving Frederick and Montgomery counties. At that time, Resthaven encompassed a little more than 25 acres.
In 1971, noting the great liability to Maryland's taxpayers for veterans' cemeteries, Resthaven created our first veterans garden, the Veterans Garden of Honor. This garden was personally dedicated by the former secretary of the Navy, the Honorable J. William Middendorf III. In the center is a unique and beautiful sculpture of the legendary Phoenix, a legendary symbol of eternal life.
Resthaven Memorial Gardens introduced the Petland garden in 1974, after many of our property owners expressed dismay that there were no satisfactory options concerning final arrangements for their pets.
Resthaven began construction on its first Outdoor Mausoleum in 1976. Rainbow Granite, known for its elaborate colors, was chosen for this beautiful structure. This exclusive granite is so desirable that it is rarely used in such structures today. The Garden Mausoleum features a courtyard setting in the center, which is under shelter, and is often used for committal and memorial services.
Resthaven was also the first in our area to offer onsite cremation in 1986. As cremation became more requested amongst families we served, we added our pet crematory as well.
In 2000 Resthaven completed the construction of central Maryland’s most elaborate Indoor Chapel Mausoleum. Built with marble hand picked from Carrerra Italy, and featuring exclusive works from famous local artists, our chapel provides a beautiful, climate controlled sanctuary for visitation and reflection.
Resthaven Funeral Services began in 2001 with the mission of providing unique and affordable services for persons of all faiths, using any cemetery, as well as secular life celebrations and ceremonies with Military honors.
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Years in Business
We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.
Managing Partner, Operations
Branham M. Mann is the managing partner, operations at Resthaven Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. He earned a BA in History from OBU in Shawnee, OK and a AAS in Funeral Service from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX. Previously, he served at multiple locations as general manager throughout Northern Virginia.
In 2010, he obtained a funeral director license and currently holds licenses in Texas, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland. Branham has served families throughout the greater Houston, Northern Virginia, District of Columbia and Southern Maryland areas. He is committed to providing compassionate support and guidance to families during difficult times.
Branham is married and has two children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially outdoors.
Funeral Home Manager
Jessica A. Moniodis is a dedicated Funeral Home Manager at Resthaven Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. She started working with the Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director in June 2022. In addition to her Maryland Funeral Licensure, Jessica is also licensed in the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Jessica graduated from the Community College of Baltimore County with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. She has always had a passion for helping others in times of need. Her genuine concern for families going through the grief process has helped expand her level of care and compassion.
Apart from her work, Jessica is a family-oriented person who values spending time with her husband, daughters, and a plethora of pets. She enjoys outdoor activities and trying new things, believing that life is too short to waste on routine.
David Gaines Jr
David Gaines Jr is a dedicated licensed mortician known for his compassionate approach to helping families navigate the difficult process of laying their loved ones to rest. David graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an associate degree in Mortuary Science in 2023 but has nearly a decade of experience in the funeral industry. He is highly respected for his professionalism, attention to detail, and strong commitment to providing personalized services to each family he serves. His unwavering dedication to supporting grieving families during their time of need has earned him a reputation as a trusted and reliable funeral professional in the community. David is deeply passionate about his work and takes great pride in ensuring that every aspect of the funeral arrangement process is handled with the utmost care and respect. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering in the community, and participating in activities that promote mental health and wellness.
We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.
What Families Are Saying
Branham and the Resthaven staff were respectful and considerate and listened to the details of my beloved husband's Wake. They made this difficult time as easy as it could possibly be, and beautiful as well. I would definitely recommend them for anyone needing to make final arrangements for their loved ones.Author: Stephen Davis rated with 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Resthaven was so easy to work with and Jessica just added compassion to the experience. Our mother passed suddenly and we had 2 days to react. Resthaven was responsive and professional to all involved. I hope I can use them again even tho I am out of the state of Maryland.Author: Cynthia Okeson rated with 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Jessica and her team made this process a lot easier with their knowledge and courteous service.Author: Wendy Monte rated with 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Jessica was soooooo helpful easy to work with always kind and amazing I’m forever thankful for Jessica and the other team may GOD continue to Bless you all 💜💙you must be proud of the work you do continue to do an amazing job 😊 forever thankful baby blessing and myself 💜💙Author: Laquisha Moore rated with 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The staff did an excellent job with taking care of my Aunt. My aunt requested a simple burial, which is what was provided. The staff explained and provided the information we needed.Author: Mary Kolb rated with 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The staff at Resthaven were professional and extremely helpful during this difficult time. I couldn't have found a better place for my parents.Author: Ann Gordon rated with 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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